Greenlining Supports Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act

On September 14th, The Greenlining Institute submitted a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with 33 nonprofits, Chambers of Commerce, and business associations, strongly urging the CFPB to implement Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. The rule amends the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to require financial institutions to compile, maintain, and report critical information about small business lending activity including an applicant’s race, ethnicity, and gender. Section 1071 will be critical in ensuring fair access to capital for small, women- and minority-owned businesses. Read the letter here.

Greenlining Opposes Proposal for Regionalization of the Western Power Grid

Greenlining submits an Opposition Letter to AB 726 and AB 813 that collectively regionalize the administration of the western power grid. Greenlining is not opposed to the concept of regionalization, but finds significant problems with the language and lack of public process of AB 726 and AB 813. Greenlining is concerned about the potential impacts of the bills on low-income and communities of color who overwhelmingly reside closest to the dirtiest polluters on our power grid. Read the letter here.

Greenlining’s Comments in FCC’s Accelerating Broadband Deployment Proceeding

These are comments in an FCC proceeding regarding whether providers may shut down so-called “legacy” telephone services.  In the comments, Greenlining argues that discontinuance of telephone services is a racial equity issue, and that the Commission must ensure that any discontinuance of services does not have a disparate impact on communities of color. Read the comments here.

Protest to Proposed Merger of Level 3 and CenturyLink

Level 3 and CenturyLink are “middle mile” broadband providers.  Broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast contract with middle mile providers to deliver Internet traffic across the country or internationally.  Level 3 and Centurylink have asked the CPUC to approve a merger of the two companies.  This Protest explains Greenlining’s objections to the merger, such as the merger resulting in less broadband investment and reducing competition.
Read the comments here.

Opening Comments of The Greenlining Institute on Proposals for Net Energy Metering Alternatives for Disadvantaged Communities

Comments are on proposals to encourage solar development in disadvantaged communities. Greenlining’s comments focus on ensuring low-income and communities of color most impacted by dirty energy can access and benefit from California’s clean energy economy. Read the comments here.

Greenlining’s Testimony in Support of AB 1344, Voting Information for Current and Former Offenders

Greenlining Health Policy Fellow Daniel Cano testified before the California Assembly Committee on Public Safety in favor of AB 1344, which addresses the voting rights of formerly incarcerated. The measure would require the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide parolees with the most recent version of the Secretary of State’s voting rights guide. Read the letter here.